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'''Syed Ahmad bin Muttaqi Khan''' Order of the Star of India|CSI (; 17 October 1817 – 27 March 1898), commonly known as '''Sir Syed''', was an Indian Muslim pragmatism|pragmatist,http://www.academia.edu/2501127/Enlightenment_and_Islam_Sayyid_Ahmad_Khans_Plea_to_Indian_Muslims_for_Reason Islamic modernist,Glasse, Cyril, ''The New Encyclopedia of Islam'', Altamira Press, (2001)''Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World,'' Thompson Gale (2004) philosopher and social activist of nineteenth century India. He worked for the British East India Company and was one of the founders of the Aligarh Muslim University. In 1842, Mughal Empire|Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah II|Bahadur Shah Zafar–II conferred upon Sir Syed the title of ''Javad-ud Daulah'', maintaining the title originally conferred upon Sir Syed's grandfather Syed Hadi Jawwad bin Imaduddin Khan by Mughal...
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